I must admit that despite being an employer for over 11 years, I have never really thought about having someone trained in Mental Health First Aid before. We have a very open culture and I hope that every member of our team would feel comfortable in discussing any mental health issues they may have but even then I now realise that we are not set up to respond or deal with the issues professionally.
This idea was first introduced to me only a few weeks ago by a specialist called Altruist Enterprises.
Investing in a Mental Health First Aider is a "no brainer" for me and we will be, will you?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and in both cases we are on a continuum, where our health can vary day to day. It is estimated that one in four people experience a mental health issue in any given year, and that one in six employees is depressed, anxious or suffering from stress-related problems at any time. However, many of us know little about mental health. We often don’t spot the signs that a colleague, employee, or we ourselves are struggling, and this delays help and recovery. Last week Business in the Community (BiTC) released the most comprehensive report of its kind, called Mental Health at Work.